While our love affair with white sneakers will no doubt remain if you’re after a new alternative shoe option to add to your athleisure wardrobe then it’s time to set your sights to all things metallic. You’ll find high shine options from every brand from Gucci to Converse and it’s just the thing to elevate a casual look into something that’s instantly fashion forward. Whilst a pair of silver or gold sneakers might at first seem difficult to integrate into your wardrobe I can tell you its anything but. I wear my silver Gucci sneakers to death as I find the hue actually works with most things that I’d usually pair with my trusty white kicks. Consider it a neutral that has just that little bit of extra sparkle.
There are times when you just want your accessories to do the talking and nothing is more suited to the task than a pair of statement heels. Whenever I feel that my outfit needs a bit of punch it’s the one thing that’s guaranteed to deliver.
When it comes to statement heels I think you can go as bold and daring as you want—often it’s a case of the more adventurous the style the better. However if you’re not one to go too over the top you could start with a heel in a vibrant colour a la my candy red Gucci heels above. But if you really want to go all out look to dramatic embellishments such as oversized bows or jewelled adornments which can turn an ordinary heel into a work of art.
The great thing about a statement heel is that you don’t really need to fret too much about the rest of your look as often a killer pair of shoes is all you need to really elevate your look to one that will impress. It’s the simple addition that requires minimal effort but delivers oh-so much. When it comes to this trend, if someone stops you to comment on your footwear then you know your job is done.
Looking for a pair of showstopper heels? Shop my picks below…
If there’s one style of shoe you’re going to need over the next few months it’s the slide. Easy to pair with everything from jeans to shorts and dresses, it’s the versatile footwear staple that can easily update any look. And the range out there is seemingly endless! From super casual pool slides to glammed up styles with jewelled embellishments to fun patterns and bold colours, you’re bound to find a pair to suit your wardrobe. To help get you started here are slides starting from just $24!
If there’s one shoe style that’s very much on trend at the moment it’s the statement slide. Whether it’s a fur trim or oversized bow embellishment, I’ve well and truly embraced them as a staple of my wardrobe because not only are they surprisingly versatile in what they can be paired with, they’re also comfortable and are easy to run around in which are both key requirements when it comes to footwear for me these days. If you’ve yet to embrace this trend because you’re not sure how to incorporate them into your everyday look, here are my top tips…
Flash some ankle
At first glance a pair of furry slides may not seem the most wearable of pieces but I can definitely vouch for the fact my Gucci Princetown slides get a constant workout in my wardrobe. So, what’s the key to making it work? When it comes to statement slides (furry or otherwise) I’d say the key to a flattering look is flashing a little ankle. For me, a winning combination is teaming them with black slouchy pants that are tapered at the ankle paired with a blazer or jacket or a pair of cropped jeans and a tee.
Keep the rest of your look simple
If you’ve got a lot going on when it comes to your footwear keep the rest of your outfit quite pared back. If you’re wearing jewel encrusted statement slides then it’s probably not the best idea to then pair them with anything that’s quite loud or over the top as it can look a little overwhelming. Let the shoes do all the talking!
Cropped is best
A cropped or midi length is the most flattering length to pair with statement slides. It’s short enough to allow the shoes to take centre stage and sticks to the cardinal rule of showing a little ankle. I find a maxi length is a little bit too long as the slides end up getting lost amongst the fabric. Stick to a cropped length and you can’t go wrong.
It’s time for summer sandals to go into hibernation and in its place is a gorgeous range of winter flats options. From brogues, to ballet flats and loafers, the styles this season are plentiful so you’ll definitely find a pair to suit your style. Go for rich shades such as black and burgundy, fun finishing details such as fringing and ribbons or a cute feline inspired appliqué. Be sure to team flats with cropped pants to flash a little ankle and you’re sorted for the season.
When it comes to my autumn/winter wardrobe there’s one shoe style I’ll definitely be purchasing – the ankle boot. A pair of quality black ankle boots always take me through the cooler months and is a guaranteed way to update any outfit. You can opt for a pair of sky high stiletto style boots if you’re looking for some sexy footwear to take you from drinks to dinner or a pair of flat boots as a comfy option when you’ve got a busy day ahead of you. If you’re intending to wear them to death, be sure to have them resoled beforehand to ensure that they can withstand the wear and tear of constant outings.
I’ve rounded up some of my fave ankle boot styles to inspire your next shopping trip…
I love the start of each season as it means I can go shopping and make some key additions to my wardrobe. I often try and pinpoint a few key pieces that I’ll need as opposed to going crazy and buying up every trend in sight. However if there’s one thing I do each season without fail it’s this: I buy shoes in black and neutral. Yep, every season. I’ve done it for years and I’ve found making those strategic shoe purchases will get me through autumn, winter, summer and spring.
Whilst I’ll stick to the same colours I’ll obviously alter the style of shoe according to the weather so in winter I’ll buy a boot and a closed toe shoe such as a pump and if it’s summer I’ll buy both open toed shoes whether it be a sandal or stiletto. A black and a neutral shoe will go with virtually everything in my wardrobe so I know I’m guaranteed to get a lot of use out of it plus buying a season’s key style will update my look accordingly. It’s an easy way to look on trend without having to change your entire wardrobe.
Want to know the ultimate way to update your spring/summer wardrobe? Try the shoe of the season. In keeping with the resurgence of ’90s fashion, mules, the shoe staple of that decade are making a big comeback. The great thing about this particular style of shoe is that they’re versatile enough to work with everything from a pair of jeans to a dress or skirt. Plus adding a pair to your wardrobe is a really easy way to dip your toe into a new season trend without breaking the bank. Just ensure that you always flash some ankle (especially when wearing them with pants) and choose a pair with a heel for more flattering silhouette. The range of mules available at the moment include everything from classic black, to pretty pastels and finishes such as braiding, buckles and fringing so there’s definitely plenty of options to work with virtually every outfit in your wardrobe.
When I was working full time I used to always wear high heels to the office. I know when it comes to workwear it can be nice to have a little height in the footwear department to help add some polish to an outfit but I’ve since learned that flats can work equally as well, if not more so. These days when I’m going to office I may have the girls in the morning or in the afternoon so my outfit has to look professional yet be comfortable at the same time. This is where I’ve found having a great flats wardrobe can come in handy. These are some of my dos and don’ts of wearing them to work…
Do experiment with different flats
I’ve found the best flats for the office are ballet flats, brogues and loafers [the closed kind not slides as these can look a little too casual] and flat boots for winter [see in order below]. Try to keep your flats as streamlined and simple as possible to keep them professional.
Do wear flats with dresses
If you tend to favour dresses for the office you’ll be pleased to hear that you can get away with swapping your heels in favour of flats for this particular look. I’ve found that flats look really great with tailored dresses and maintains a classy effect.
Winning combination: Alexa Chung does ballet flats and a dress/ Image via Stockholm Street Style
Do opt for a slim trousers
Wide leg pants are on trend this season but I’ve found that they tend to work better with heels, especially if you’re on the shorter side. However when it comes to slim fitting trousers you can definitely afford to go with flats. A slim silhouette will help elongate your figure and when teamed with flats it looks very Audrey Hepburn-esque.
Don’t forget to flash some ankle
Make sure that if you’re wearing pants that they’re cropped so you are showing some ankle. This length will tend to be a little more flattering when worn with pants.
Do keep your look quite preppy
Flats such as man-style loafers and ballet flats work are a match made in heaven with a preppy-style outfit. Think a collared white shirt and a knee length skirt. It’s a little collegiate, definitely office appropriate and a stylish alternative to traditional corporate wear.
Image: Stockholm Street Style
Don’t forget about the finishing touches
Flats don’t have to be boring. Keep an eye out for interesting finishing touches. Tassels, discreet bows, or a metal horsebit accent are all great ways to take an ordinary flat from so-so to stylish. One of my favourite brogues has a metal toe cap (see pic above) and I find that this helps give them a point of difference.
Do leave socks at home
A lot of flats look better sans socks so make sure to give them a miss. As I said earlier, flashing some ankle is flattering as it helps to emphasise the slimmest part of your leg. Also, socks can look a little too bulky.
Do team flats with opaque stockings
In winter I know going bare legged can be a little chilly so pairing a pair of flat boots with opaque black stockings and a nice dress is a good office appropriate look. I tend to favour stockings in black as opposed to nude as it looks much fresher and more modern.
Tell me – are you a fan of wearing flats to the office?
Finding the perfect wedding shoes is high up on the to-do list of any bride. I spent a lot of time searching for the shoes I eventually wore on my wedding day but when I saw them I knew they would complement my dress perfectly.
One of my big tips is to not leave your shoe search to the last minute, not only for the practical reason that you’ll need them in order to get your dress hemmed but also to give yourself enough time to find a pair that you’ll really fall in love with.
When shopping keep in mind that you will be in your shoes for the entire day so make sure that they’re comfortable and that you won’t have any trouble walking in them. No bride wants to be hobbling around at the reception from pain when she should be dancing up a storm! Also think of the overall outfit before you settle on a pair of shoes. If your dress is quite ornate you want to opt for a simple pair of pumps to offset the intricate detail, inversely if your dress is quite pared back you may want to make a statement with your choice of shoes. It’s all about balance.
Here are some of the great options in footwear out there for every kind of bride…